The First Record of Three Cymothoid Isopods from Red Sea Fishes, Yemeni Coastal Waters  

A.B. Al-Zubaidy1 , F.T. Mhaisen2
1 Department of Marine Biology and Fisheries, Faculty of Marine Science and Environment, Hodeidah University, Yemen
2 Tegnervägen 6B, 641 36 Katrineholm, Sweden
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International Journal of Marine Science, 2013, Vol. 3, No. 21   doi: 10.5376/ijms.2013.03.0021
Received: 14 Mar., 2013    Accepted: 18 Apr., 2013    Published: 23 Apr., 2013
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Al-Zubaidy and Mhaisen, 2013, The First Record of Three Cymothoid Isopods from Red Sea Fishes, Yemeni Coastal Waters, International Journal of Marine Science, Vol.3, No.21 166-172 (doi: 10.5376/ijms.2013.03.0021)


A total of 680 fish specimens belonging to 31 species from the Yemeni coastal waters of the Red Sea were inspected for the poorly studied isopod infestations. Three isopod species of the suborder Cymothoida, family Cymothoidae were detected. These are Nerocila orbignyi (Guérin-Méneville, 1832) from both Moolgarda seheli and Liza aurata, Cymothoa exigua Schioedte and Meinert, 1884 from both Lutjanus gibbus and Chelon macrolepis and Ceratothoa capri (Trilles, 1964) from C. macrolepis. All these isopod species are reported here for the first time from the Yemeni coastal waters of the Red Sea.

Isopoda; Cymothoidae; Marine fishes; Red Sea; Yemen; Geographical distribution
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